How the Grand Ole Opry Got Its Name


(via Mental Floss)

by Stacy Conradt

December 10 is an important day in country music history: It’s the day the Grand Ole Opry received its endearingly bumpkin-esque nickname.

In 1925, radio personality George Hay took a new job at WSM in Nashville. Hay was to head up a Saturday night program called the “WSM Barn Dance,” a show filled with fiddlers and banjo players and acts with names like the Fruit Jar Drinkers, the Binkley Brothers’ Dixie Clodhoppers, and the Gully Jumpers…

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